Richard Streitmatter-Tran received his degree in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. His solo and collective work has been exhibited in several cities in the United States, Europe and Asia including the 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2007); Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale, China (2007); Singapore Biennale (2006); 2005 Pocheon Asian Art Festival, Korea; Gwangju Biennale (2004), Korea; the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin; the Blue Space Gallery in Ho Chi Minh City; the 7th Asiatopia Performance Art Festival in Bangkok; Art Tech Media 06 in Barcelona; and Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany (2007). He is an arts correspondent for the Madrid-based arts magazine Art.Es and and Ho Chi Minh City editor for Contemporary magazine. He was awarded the 2005 Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant in 2005 from the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong for his year-long research project, Mediating the Mekong. He was Teaching Fellow at Harvard University (2000-2004), conducted media arts research at the MIT Media Lab (2000), Visiting Lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts University in 2003 and currently Lecturer at RMIT Vietnam.
In 2000 he established and moderates the E-DENTITY group in Boston, an online community of designers, information architects, artists, performers, poets, and writers. The group has over two hundred members and facilitates online collaboration between cultural producers worldwide. In 2003, he was a founding member of ProjectOne, a Ho Chi Minh City-based performance art group now defunct.
Two years later he became a founding member of Mogas Station, a group of international creators (artists and architects) based in Ho Chi Minh City, working to promote and present contemporary art in Vietnam. Its members came together in 2005 to create Ạart, the very first artist initiated bilingual contemporary art magazine in English and Vietnamese. In parallel with publishing Ạart magazine, Mogas Station, as a collective, continue to develop a number of art projects. Their first major contemporary art work was launched at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Three installations (LZ) were realized at two official sites of the Biennale in tandem with the premiere issue of Ạart magazine launch.Their second major work, Rokovoko, premiered at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) with the Migration Addicts project in the collateral events.